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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Jan 17, 2010 9:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

My favorite sleeper of '77 is this show
None of the songs in this show are as good as other versions from the same year, assuredly; but the show has a really nice, laid back, relaxed vibe more like '76 than '77. The first set ending in particular is excellent with very very solid if not truly great versions of Sugaree and Let It Grow and then a really unique, laid back Franklin's set closer. In particular the way they start the song and the section right before the final climax where Jerry and Donna trade little "oohs" and hums.

I'd also agree about 6/4/77, a really really really great 2nd set that gets overlooked because its AUD only and because of the Winterland shows that come after.

Finally, IMO, as great as the spring tour is the 5 shows that they played in November are just as good as anything from May. (Except Morning Dew from Cornell, there's nothing as good as that)

This post was modified by Phlesh Wound on 2010-01-17 17:08:27

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Jan 17, 2010 1:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

6-4-77 is maybe my favorite '77 show. What an incredible second set - an incredible feeling of euphoria washes over me every time I listen as playing in the band morphs seamlessly into the joyful cadence of franklin's tower...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 17, 2010 1:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

Styrofoam Cueball beat me to the punch for favorite sleeper show of '77 and i couldn't agree more: 5/13/77 is a gem. It's sandwiched between so many other great May shows it's easy to overlook but has maybe THE most underrated and gorgeous SCARLET>FIRE ever played. It may get passed over b/c the transition jam is so brief, but it's such a solid intro by Phil that it hardly matter and Jerry more than makes up for it with an elongated wah-wah intro to FIRE that just goes and goes. Also, no forgotten lyrics. The BEW, SAMSON, are also stellart. Great overall show.

Not sure if this qualifies as "sleeper", but I'll go out on a limb and say so b/c it's early May and right before the monster runs of 5/7-5/9 that everyone associates w/the best of early May '77.


What stands out in this show is another great SCARLET>FIRE (complete with a playful "China Cat" lick by Bobby during SCARLET) and one of the best COMES A TIME ever played (in fact, only the Buffalo show 5 days later surpasses it). It's caught in the middle of one of the tastiest 2nd set sandwiches ever: TERRAPIN>PLAYIN>COMES A TIME>PLAYIN REPRISE. The night before is a great sleeper show, too, with one of my favorite ever ROW JIMMY s, but there's no great SBD available. Worth checking out.

I'll also throw in 11/1/77 Detroit as a pretty nice sleeper show.


WHARF RAT fans should give this show a listen.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Jan 18, 2010 12:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

Much agreed on 5/4. I think 5/1 also fits in this category (I think 5/1 has my favorite Comes a Time of the year, actually).